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[in-kuh n-sis-tuh n-see] /ˌɪn kənˈsɪs tən si/
noun, plural inconsistencies for 2.
the quality or condition of being inconsistent.
an inconsistent thing, action, remark, etc.
Also, inconsistence.
Origin of inconsistency
1640-50; in-3 + consistency Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inconsistency
  • While there may seem to be an inconsistency here, the distinction lies in the culture in which the practice was filmed.
  • But with the plain-future system there is difficulty and some inconsistency.
  • The inconsistency across studies has hampered firm conclusions about the relevance of these findings, however.
  • It is plausible that the seminal fluid is the factor, but the article should revisit this inconsistency.
  • The easiest way to correct this inconsistency would be to require the same reporting from both organic and industrial farmers.
  • All of this nonsense came from mathematical inconsistency of the theories involved in developing cosmology.
  • Their inconsistency, even incoherence, over getting creditors to pay has done much to spread contagion.
  • Demand for new trains has always been prone to peaks and troughs, but that inconsistency has worsened.
  • Now, on the question of policy responses, there is no inconsistency between monetary easing and fiscal easing.
  • There was little consistency of design--and large corporations absolutely abhor inconsistency.
British Dictionary definitions for inconsistency


noun (pl) -cies
lack of consistency or agreement; incompatibility
an inconsistent feature or quality
  1. the property of being inconsistent
  2. a self-contradictory proposition
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Word Origin and History for inconsistency

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + consistency. Related: Inconsistencies.

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